Fitbit has made millions of fans worldwide with its ease of use, and, ultimately, its usefulness. If you want to know how you stand against your fitness goals, weight loss plans, and staying healthy, Fitbit is your best ally. But is there such a thing, made specifically for pets? Let’s find out.
Why would your pet need a Fitbit-like device?
This is, probably, the first thing that comes to mind. Why would a pet need a Fitbit device? Simply put, because pets don’t get a lot of physical activity after a certain age, and that can take years off their lifespan.
That is the simplest and most to the point answer, but not the only one. If you want to know where your dog is all the time, you put a dog GPS tracker on your four-legged friend. But this will only tell you where your dog is, and not what he or she is doing at the moment.
What are the most popular devices for dogs?
One model that is particularly popular with veterinarians is the Pet Pace collar. Dogs tend to become lazier as they age, because their joints begin to ache and they also start overeating. All these habits that come with old age create a negative and dangerous loop.
The less your dog moves, the more weight he or she will gain, and the more his or her joints will ache. Other health conditions can appear, such as diabetes. As you can see, there are all sorts of problems that can appear due to lack of physical activity.
The Pet Pace brings something new to the table. It monitors the overall health of your dog, by measuring body temperature, heart rate, how much activity your dog gets involved in, and so on. It will even give you information on when the dog is eating or sleeping.
And all this information will be transmitted to an app that you can show your vet in case your dog needs medical assistance. The Pet Pace is even capable of alerting you when there is a major change in your dog’s activity.
This model combines the advantages of a GPS tracker and those of a nanny camera. It is impossible to keep an eye on your dog all the time, and it would not be healthy to do so, particularly for you. With the Whistle 3, you can decide a certain perimeter within which your dog can roam freely.
The moment your pet moves from the perimeter and starts roaming, the GPS function of the device will activate and you will be able to tell where your dog is, at any given time.
Are such devices worth the money?
It all depends on how much you are willing to invest in your pet. An older dog may need such a device more than a puppy. Also, if you are interested in a device that collects more data, expect to pay a premium price.